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The Recording Academy® Announces 2012 Grammy Hall of Fame® Inductees
Posted November 21, 2011

Diverse Selection of 25 Recordings Added to Collection
Residing at the GRAMMY Museum®

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Nov. 21, 2011) – Continuing the tradition of preserving and celebrating great recordings, The Recording Academy® announced the newest additions to its legendary GRAMMY Hall Of Fame® collection. Highlighting diversity and musical excellence, the collection acknowledges both singles and album recordings of all genres at least 25 years old that exhibit qualitative or historical significance. Through a tradition established nearly 40 years ago, recordings are reviewed annually by a special member committee comprising of eminent and knowledgeable professionals from all branches of the recording arts, with final approval by The Recording Academy's National Board of Trustees. With 25 new titles, the list currently totals 906 and is displayed at the GRAMMY Museum®.

"The Recording Academy is dedicated to celebrating a wide variety of great music and sound through the decades," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. "We are especially honored to welcome this year's selection of some of the most influential recordings of the last century. Marked by both cultural and historical significance, these works truly have influenced and inspired audiences for generations, and we are thrilled to induct them into our growing catalog of outstanding recordings."

Representing a great variety of tracks and albums, the 2012 GRAMMY Hall of Fame inductees range from Bruce Springsteen's Born In The U.S.A. album to civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech from his historic 1963 address at the March on Washington. Also on the highly regarded list are Cole Porter's "Anything Goes," the Rolling Stones' album Exile On Main St., Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive," Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five's single "The Message," Bill Cosby's comedy album I Started Out As A Child, the Original Broadway Cast recording of "St. Louis Woman," and Tina Turner's "What's Love Got To Do With It." Other inductees include the entire Anthology of American Folk Music; Gene Autry; Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; Doris Day; the Serge Koussevitzky-conducted Boston Symphony Orchestra; Los Panchos; Santana; and Paul Simon, among others.

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Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards – the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music – The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit For breaking news and exclusive content, join the organization's social networks as a Twitter follower at, a Facebook fan at, and aYouTube channel subscriber at

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2012 Grammy Hall of Fame Inductees

Anthology of American Folk Music
Various Artists
Folkways (1952)
Folk (Album)
"I Will Survive"
Gloria Gaynor
Polydor (1978)
Disco (Single)
"Anything Goes"
Cole Porter
His Master's Voice (1934)
Pop (Single)
"Kassie Jones"
Furry Lewis
Victor (1928)
Blues (Single)
Born in the U.S.A.
Bruce Springsteen
Columbia (1984)
Rock (Album)
"Key to the Highway"
Big Bill Broonzy
Okeh (1941)
Blues (Single)
"The Message"
Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five featuring Melle Mel and Duke Bootee
Sugar Hill (1982)
Rap (Single)
Déjà Vu
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Atlantic (1970)
Rock (Album)
Los Panchos
Coda (1945)
Latin (Album)
Exile on Main St.
The Rolling Stones
Rolling Stones/Atlantic (1972)
Rock (Album)
"Precious Lord, Take My Hand"
Mahalia Jackson
Columbia (1956)
Gospel (Single)
"Fixin' to Die"
Bukka White
Okeh (1940)
Blues (Single)
"Que Sera, Sera
(Whatever Will Be, Will Be)"

Doris Day
Columbia (1956)
Pop (Single)
Foggy Mountain Jamboree
Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs
Columbia (1957)
Bluegrass (Album)
Roy Harris Symphony No. 3
Serge Koussevitzky, conductor
Boston Symphony Orchestra
RCA Victor (1940)
Classical (Album)
Paul Simon
Warner Bros. (1986)
Pop (Album)
Columbia (1969)
Rock (Album)
Herb Alpert Presents Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66
Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66
A&M (1966)
Pop (Album)
St. Louis Woman
Original Broadway Cast
Capitol (1946)
Musical Show (Album)
"How Long, How Long Blues"
Leroy Carr
Vocalion (1928)
Blues (Single)
"Wasted Days and Wasted Nights"
Freddy Fender
ABC-Dot (1975)
Country (Single)
"I Have a Dream"
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Freedom March on Washington
20th Century Fox (1963)
Spoken Word (Track)
"What's Love Got to Do with It"
Tina Turner
Capitol (1984)
Pop (Single)
I Started Out as a Child
Bill Cosby
Warner Bros. (1964)
Comedy (Album)

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